POST #1 Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture
I decided to do the class discussion on the excerpt from Murray and Ouellette’s Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture. I chose this specific reading because Reality TV plays a huge role in my life- guilty. This reading makes me think of myself and my reasons for watching reality television. I started watching reality TV once I found Jersey Shore, The Real World, and many more. Watching these shows, I always questioned why I watch it basically everyday. The entertainment side of reality television is one of the main reasons why I watch it. This excerpt helped me understand why Reality television is such a norm in today’s generation. Murray and Ouellette explained how audiences get hooked on reality TV-which is what is described as “the real”. This is what makes Reality TV.
Now, is Reality Television real?
The effects of reality TV definitely make this genre of television very real- the camera angles, the different personalities of the individuals on the reality show and many more. Other than that, I do not think it is ALL real. For example, there are some parts in the reality tv shows I watch where I can point out what is slightly scripted and what is not. Although it can be scripted at times, it is still very popular. This excerpt connects to chapter eight of Media Essentials- Television, Cable, and Specialization in Visual Culture. Campbell, Martin, and Fabos explained the reasons why critics were scared about reality television becoming popular. Reality TV being cheap and also very appealing to audiences, creates conflict in the world of television- regular, scripted television (253). Even if reality television is real or not, it is still a popular sub genre of television and people are obsessed with it.
My question is how much further will Reality TV shift in the TV Industry?